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Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary Of Earthquake, Tsunami

March 11, 2014 7:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years later, nearly 270,000 people remain displaced from their homes, including many from Fukushima prefecture who may never be able to return home due to radioactive contamination.             

Nuclear Test Experts Checking To See If Plane Exploded

March 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.            

Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 12:27 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries.               

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China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 11:04 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's auto sales rose 11.3 percent in the first two months of this year but local brands suffered a decline in a sign of intense competition in the world's biggest auto market.            

Germany Says It Didn't Bow To NSA

March 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens.                     

Japan Sees Opportunity In Fukushima Cleanup

March 10, 2014 8:35 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.                    

China's February Exports Plunge

March 10, 2014 8:32 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports plunged by an unexpectedly large 18 percent in February, possibly denting hopes trade will help drive the slowing economy while communist leaders push ambitious promised reforms.          

Texas Tech Firm Had 20 Employees On Missing Plane

March 10, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

Twenty employees of an Austin-based technology company on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China, a spokeswoman for the tech firm said.            

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Fancy Toilets; Fiat-Chrysler's Tiny Jeep

March 7, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a high-tech bathroom upgrade to the Jeep that will be made in Italy.                    

Nissan: Thai Political Turmoil Temporary

March 7, 2014 11:10 am | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's second largest automaker said Friday it remains optimistic about Southeast Asia's auto market despite political turmoil in Thailand, one of the region's key car manufacturers.               

Trade Deficit Widened To $39.1B In January

March 7, 2014 8:47 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.                    

Court Revives Lawsuits By Soldiers Over Waste Disposal

March 7, 2014 8:25 am | by Larry O'Dell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuits claim contractors KBR and Halliburton Co. exposed soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls.             

Dempsey Says NSA Leaks Will Cost Billions

March 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The top U.S. military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to military operations and tactics that were revealed in the documents taken by Snowden.         

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Job Loss Hangs Over United Tech Talks In Conn.

March 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials say there were worries about a gradual shedding of jobs as aerospace customers worldwide expect their suppliers to be closer and cheaper labor becomes more available in central Europe and Asia.         

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 8:23 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five factories were closed or torn down in Pingshan county as part of the government's drive to clear up China's notoriously smoggy skies, but shutting plants has taken a human and economic toll in lost jobs and income.       

2 Guilty Of Selling U.S. Trade Secrets To China

March 6, 2014 8:07 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two men were convicted of stealing a secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.           

Netanyahu, Gov. Brown Sign Pro-Business Pact

March 5, 2014 3:46 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.               

Musk: Russia Giving U.S. Good Reason To Support SpaceX

March 5, 2014 2:25 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Elon Musk today said that given some of Russia’s recent military maneuverings in Ukraine, it’s about time the U.S. government paid his company, SpaceX, for the rights to launch satellites and other cargo into space.           

Chinese Automaker Builds Credibility

March 5, 2014 12:43 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Qoros Auto is trying to leverage its European executives' management and design expertise and its competitive Chinese manufacturing footprint.                     

Supreme Court Upholds $185M Award Against Argentina

March 5, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has upheld a British natural gas company's multimillion dollar award against the government of Argentina.                        

Dubai Highlights Technology In 'Smart City' Bid

March 5, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Government officials presented a wide range of projects aimed at turning Dubai into what they're calling a "smart city" ahead of its hosting of the 2020 World Expo.                 

China Vows Tough Reforms

March 5, 2014 8:55 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government responded to public demands for bold leadership with vows to press long-sought market reforms, defend against terrorism, and heavily boost military spending.             

Stunning Supercars At Geneva Motor Show

March 5, 2014 8:05 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a glance at four of the most striking new vehicles on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public Thursday.                     

Judge Rules For Chevron In Ecuador Case

March 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage.                   

The First Chrysler-Fiat Baby Is A Tiny Jeep

March 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Jeep Renegade is “designed in America and crafted in Italy,” according to the company, and will be first assembled at the Melfi Assembly Plant — a far cry from Jeep’s assembly headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, or even North America.      

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